Saturday, September 25, 2010

Drive, by Daniel H. Pink

This book was recommended as a good book for educators to read.  It's about new theories of what motivates people.  Actually, the theories aren't that new.  Psychologists have research that shows that people, after a certain point and for certain tasks, do not respond to the traditional "reward/punishment" techniques for motivation.  Especially for creative, out-of-the-box thinking, intrinsic motivation works much better.  A sense of  mastery, purpose, and autonomy work much better in the workplace as well as at home for bringing the best out of people.

This was an easy, enjoyable book to read.  Sometimes when I read books like these, I tend to skim because they get so bogged down in details. This book was easy to understand and not so detail oriented.  The last part of the book is a "toolkit" which even suggests that you only read the parts that are of interest to you.  I skimmed some of that, but read most of it.

I would recommend this to educators, managers, and parents.  It gave me a lot to think about.

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